European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) Exhibition has confirmed the location of its 25th Anniversary exhibition, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium, the site of Europe’s largest optical connections event’s inaugural exhibition.

ECOC has already started taking bookings for the landmark event next year, with both Ciena and Corning confirming booth space following the 2019 ECOC Exhibition in Dublin, Ireland. The event welcomed 6,569 attendees and over 330 international exhibitors through the doors of the city’s RDS Venue.

The 24th annual event, which was hosted by Nexus Media Events Ltd. and held from 23-25 September, saw exhibitors including sponsors Axtetris, Flyin Optronics, IBM Canada, Intel, KOC Group, MACOM, Molex, and Sicoya showcase their latest products and solutions at the forefront of optical communication technology.

Attendees were also treated to live product announcements from companies including HUBER+SUHNER who announced its LISA Double Access solution, and Imec which announced the extension of its silicon photonics portfolio.

Emma Harvey, Commercial Director at ECOC Exhibition said: “This year’s event came at a crucial time for the industry, exemplified by the volume of attendees we welcomed in Dublin, as new technologies emerge and gain a footing in the optical connections market.



“We are proud to provide a consistent platform for the industry to come together and share insight, opinion, and innovation on the next-generation of technology that will shape the optical communications landscape of the future. We look forward to welcoming back past ECOC Exhibition attendees and new faces to our next event in Brussels next year, which promises to be an exciting event as we anticipate the industry developments over the next year,” said Harvey.

Attendees noted the importance of the popular Market Focus sessions, sponsored by Inphi, which featured presentations on topics such as 400G and 800G, fibre for 5G and New Markets including 3D sensing.

Stephan Neidlinger, VP Global Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking, said: “Market Focus was just amazing again this year. Again, we had a full room, with people standing outside of the room, and it was also good to see that we could further expand the scope of the event here. We really started with being focused on the telco market but we are now expanding into alternative markets – there is talk about using fibre as sensors for monitoring road conditions and using lasers in cars. It’s a lot of cool stuff and it’s good to see the success.”

Crowds at the Market Focus sessions spilled out of the pavilion to see presentations including Mark Nowell, Cisco Fellow on 400 GbE, Kees de Waard, FTTH Council President on its Market Panorama, Lisa Huff, Principal Analyst, Optical Components at Ovum on data centre networks and  Thomas Liljeberg, General Manager, Integration for Intel Silicon Photonics Products Division on integrated silicon photonics for data centre applications.

To download the available Market Focus presentations, please visit:

For ECOC’s 25th Anniversary event, attendees to Europe’s largest optical communications event are invited to Brussels, Belgium from 21-23 September. For more details, please visit:

ECOC Exhibition has confirmed the locations for future events, including Bordeaux, France in 2021 and Switzerland in 2022. For a full list of locations, please visit:

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